Some advice to a new graduate

The impact of those years, and the egregious lack of accountability for the figures that caused such a crisis reverberate today in many sectors: home ownership, access to healthcare, retirement, and the long held american notion of upward mobility. It was a given in the U.S. that children would go on to live better, or at least more financially fruitful lives than their parents. If there’s anything recent statistics have shown, it’s that this is no longer the norm, and has not been for quite some time.

How am I, a fresh college graduate, supposed to look to the future with the expectation that anything will improve? I, like the class of 2008, am inheriting a job market that is lean at best and more specifically into media – an industry that has continually cannibalized itself in order to remain “profitable”?

I’d probably start by suing the college that has failed to teach you to write.

Hello! I’m currently a senior at The University of Maryland, College Park, majoring in multi-platform journalism

And:

Not only that, beyond defining my worth within the capitalistic notion of productivity, how am i supposed to expect things to improve on a social level? I would argue that many of the events that led to the recession were perfectly aligned with how the pandemic was able to grip this nation with little effort. It is a concentration of power within a group of people who would rather make a profit than acknowledge the humanity of the people they exploit to get where they are.

Still, I suppose if you’re interning at Salon then your role model might well include Amanduh.

13 thoughts on “Some advice to a new graduate”

  1. She cares so little about her own employability, as evidenced by her choice of degree, but expects us all to care so much that we restructure society to make her employable.

  2. Also one has to wonder what she believes her writing USP to be. “Boilerplate leftwing guff” is a market already well and truly cornered.

  3. Dennis, Understated As Always

    Hello! I’m currently a senior at The University of Maryland, College Park, majoring in multi-platform journalism

    Hello! You’re a moron. Jobs creation boomed under Trump, and is now rebounding from pandemic lockdowns. States are rescinding unemployment benefits because there are labor shortages.

    None of that matters to you, because you were stupid enough to spend $100,000+ on a journalism degree so you could try to get a job in an industry that has been contracting for over a decade. So what you’re really doing is whining about the fact that reality will not accommodate you.

    Welcome to the Real World, asshole.

    Still, I suppose if you’re interning at Salon then your role model might well include Amanduh.

    Which means you’re interning for a career where you will end up living above a pizza parlor in Brooklyn when you’re in your mid-40s. Which is basically what Amanduh is doing.

    Shoot for the stars, asshole.

  4. “I would argue that …”: ah bless. I’ve always suspected that lawyers write this sort of guff because they are paid by the word.

  5. Imagine paying $100k for a degree and still not understanding that more applicants for fewer jobs in a dying industry means shit money.

  6. Once again we are reminded that a media studies degree is about as much use in the jobs market as a criminal record. I reckon this sheila should go on the game. Her other options would appear to be limited.

  7. She’ll have internet access, full house ac, running water, more than one tv, at least one vehicle per adult in the household, 24 hour access to shopping.

    I was bor

    But her life won’t be better than her parents?

  8. “majoring in multi-platform journalism”

    Well… she could, of course, have invested in an education that taught something actually, you know…. useful.

    But hey…..

  9. Upward mobility means there is *opportunity* to advance, not “the norm.”

    My grandfather didn’t graduate and could barely even read. He luckily received benefits due to serving in WWII, and he worked as a glazier (glassworker) after coming home.

    My father, coming from two parents without a college education, studied economics, and then went to medical school.

    I, on the other hand, while still educated, chose not to become a doctor (just isn’t my thing), and so I will most likely make less than my father.

    Socioeconomic status is fluid in the U.S., at least to a greater degree than gender is. That’s what upward mobility is about. As TW has written before, even the top 1% is almost always a temporary position that often lasts no more than a few generations at the most.

    As for Salon, I went on a few dates with a professional writer who considered her one and only Salon article to be her magnus opus. And I’ve known a number of other journalists from my college years. When these people write about societal issues like capitalism or the job market, keep in mind that they usually have absolutely zero real-world experience with these subjects. They went straight from high school to college, and straight from college to telling you what’s happening in your own country.

    I’ve spent time in both the public and private sectors, in social sciences and the corporate world, and in both left-wing and right-wing circles–much like Tim himself. People who simply write without the expertise must think that a number of 45-minute interviews are a good way of learning about a topic. Almost by design, it’s near impossible to get an accurate picture as a fresh-faced outsider unless you live inside your story, at least to an extent. Talking to a bunch of professors and activists, or other journalists, doesn’t allow you to see patterns of behavior or trends in the marketplace. Only experience can give you a really clear picture of that.

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